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Redskins Defensive Scheme Faces A Huge Challenge Against Oakland

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Redskins Defensive Scheme Will Be Put To The Test

The Washington Redskins will be playing their first primetime game of the year against the Oakland Raiders. These two teams have some significant history. Older fans will remember that they met up in Super Bowl XVIII. Since then there have been periods of lackluster play, and unimpressive rosters, but now these are two teams who will be looking to make the playoffs in 2017-2018. Both teams are coming off victories in week two. In Los Angeles, the Redskins defensive scheme was able to disrupt Sean McVay and the Rams to record a much-needed win. How will they fare this week? Can the offense continue its momentum? Here are some things to look forward to.

Running Game Needs Consistency

Washington’s running backs had a successful day running the ball against the Rams’ front-seven in LA. All three running backs were able to rush for over 50 yards which in total gave them 229 yards on the day. The game plan was a good one. A solid mixture of power and counter plays. Ultimately, it got the offensive lineman moving and allowed them to make solid blocks.

Running the ball effectively is what gives Jay Gruden’s offense the most success. With Kirk Cousins and the receivers still looking to get on the same page, it will be important to keep the Raiders defense guessing. That balance will lead to better looks overall.

Redskins Defensive Scheme Will Look For Answers

The matchup that will be the most important to watch during this game is how the Redskins defensive scheme will be able to contain Oakland’s explosive offense. Through two weeks, Greg Manusky’s defense has started to establish itself as one that is aggressive and can pressure the quarterback. The challenge will be how they can get to Derek Carr this week. The Raiders offensive line will be a tough one to crack. They have only allowed two sacks so far this season and are considered one of the best in the league. As a result, they are second in points (35.5) and fourth in yards (385.5).

A lot of Washington’s success on defense comes from blitzing the quarterback and playing solid run defense. When Manusky does decide to blitz, he usually plays man defense behind it. This is important to note because the Raiders will spread the formation if they think the opponent will play some type of man defense:

Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller have been playing well so far in the season. This means that they would be left on islands from the outside, and from the slot positions. It will be interesting to see how they fare against the Oakland receivers with virtually no safety help over the top. Containing Marshawn Lynch will also be a huge task to complete. The Raiders do a good job with blocking schemes to help create lanes for him to run through. Fortunately, the Redskins have a great run stopping linebacker in Zach Brown. I suspect he and the rest of the front seven will have their hands full with Lynch, but they do a great job swarming to the ball in running situations.